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The Week In British Wrestling: The UK gets a taste of Honor

Editor's note: Alan Boon is on vacation, so here's Ian Hamilton with five things you need to know about British wrestling this week:

1) Bullet Club adds more gold on ROH UK tour

Ring of Honor’s latest brief tour saw the company visit London, Liverpool, and Edinburgh with a trio of shows as the promotion sandwiched an iPPV in between two VOD tapings.

York Hall witnessed a show-stealing ROH TV title match as KUSHIDA retained over CMLL’s Titan. Elsewhere in London, Los Ingobernables de Japon overcame the Bullet Club quintet of Cody, Marty Scurll, Adam Page & The Young Bucks, Dalton Castle & The Boys retained their ROH trios titles over Mistico, Jushin Thunder Liger & Delirious, and Mark Briscoe, Jay Briscoe, The Addiction, and Bully Ray picked up wins in a compact-but-fun house show.

At the end of the night, Scurll speculated about ROH holding a show at London’s Wembley Arena -- in front of 10,000 fans.

Given that the entire tour wasn’t a sell-out (and in the case of the Liverpool iPPV, fans were reportedly upgraded to fill up the lower part of the venue) that could be generously labeled a lofty goal for a promotion who has had no TV exposure in the UK since The Wrestling Channel closed its doors.

Ultimo Guerrero basks in the York Hall atmosphere

Despite that loss, the Bullet Club finished on top for the rest of the tour, starting the next night in Liverpool as ROH held a live iPPV, headlined by Cody defending the ROH World Championship over SANADA.

Perhaps the biggest surprise came in the dark match where CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) made an appearance, beating Dalton Castle’s Boys, while the iPPV also saw wins for Kenny King, Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero, Jay Lethal, Bully Ray & The Briscoes, Mark Haskins, KUSHIDA, and The Young Bucks.

ROH’s UK tour ended in Edinburgh on Sunday, with the big news from Scotland being that The Young Bucks & Hangman Page unseated Dalton Castle & The Boys for the company’s trios titles.

Also on that card were wins for Hiromu Takahashi, Kenny King, CMLL's Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero, Bully Ray, Silas Young, the Los Ingobernables trio of Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & BUSHI, along with the Bullet Club team of Marty Scurll & Cody.

2) The Villain outlasts Mysterio

The night before ROH’s tour started, Revolution Pro Wrestling returned to a sold-out York Hall for their annual Summer Sizzler, with a handful of names who’d be regular faces over the weekend.

The headline match was a RevPro “dream match” special, with Marty Scurll taking on Rey Mysterio. Despite landing a 619 around the ring post, Mysterio crashed and burned on a frog splash, allowing Scurll to blast him with a piledriver and a sit-out Dominator -- labeled the reverse Bird of Prey -- for the victory.

After getting the win, Mysterio and Scurll put each other over, raising the idea of a series of matches...we’ll see on that!

Elsewhere on the show, Chris Brookes lost out in his bid to dethrone British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr. in a keenly-fought encounter which ended by ref stoppage after Sabre did what he does best: tie his opponent up in knots.

Josh Bodom gained a measure of revenge for his shock loss at the British J-Cup last month by beating Jushin Liger in the title shot that Liger was granted for winning said tournament, The Briscoe Brothers overcame the pairing of Shane Strickland & Ryan Smile, and Bully Ray won an impromptu “London street fight” over Sha Samuels after making a Sandman-like entrance through the York Hall crowd.

A whole lot of stretching going on at RevPro -- photo by The Ringside Perspective's Oli Sandler

Dalton Castle and not-his-usual-Boys lost out to Zack Gibson, whose entrance saw him accompanied by a “choir” of singing Scousers, and finally Martin Stone had to overcome a late change of opponent -- with Sami Callihan a late withdrawal due to injury -- as he eased to victory over Eddie Dennis, who’s still looking for his first win in RevPro.

Summer Sizzler is already available to view on RevPro On Demand -- minus the Bully Ray/Samuels match, which was edited off the show -- with the promotion cryptically stating in a Twitter Q&A that it was a “fun match for the house... Neither Samuels or (Rob) Lias are cannon fodder. A small degree of respect goes a long way.”

Their next two shows are this weekend in Portsmouth, headlining with Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay and Dave Mastiff taking on the former Jack Swagger. One week later, RevPro goes back to the Cockpit Theatre on September 3rd, with no matches announced at the time of writing.

3) Flash Attack, No More Chaos for Webster

It was a high-risk weekend for Flash Morgan Webster, which saw him in two matches that potentially could have seen him leave with all the gold, or no career in those promotions.

Starting on Saturday in Bristol’s Pro Wrestling Chaos, Webster put his King of Chaos title on the line in a triple threat against Alex Steele and Eddie Dennis. The stipulation for that one was that whoever took the fall was gone from the company, while the “third man” (neither the winner, nor the one taking the fall) would not be allowed to challenge for the title for the remainder of 2017.

Eddie Dennis’ pin over Webster earned the “Pride of Wales” his first reign with the title, and ensured that the local lad Steele wouldn’t be getting another shot until 2018. It also forced Webster to leave the company, raising some questions over his short-term future...especially given the stipulations in the next night’s match.

Sunday saw Webster travel to Cardiff’s Walkabout bar for ATTACK! Pro Wrestling’s latest big show, (I Can’t Believe It’s Not) Winterslam 2, where he challenged in the main event for the ATTACK! Championship against Chief Deputy Dunne.

Given that Dunne had beaten Webster at July’s The Neon Wristlock, the only way Webster was able to get his rematch was if he put his career on the line.

A mixed weekend for Flash

Before that main event though, the Cardiff crowd saw a swerve of sorts as the kidnapped pair of Splits McPins and Los Federales Santos Jr. were reunited with their natural allies...only for Splits to appear to have been brainwashed into joining the Anti-Fun Police.

That led to a trios match as the Brothers of Obstruction and the renamed “Cones McSafety” took on Kyle Fletcher, Mark Davis & Lloyd Katt -- Splits’ former Bowl-a-Rama buddy. Thankfully, bowling is like wrestling -- it never leaves you -- and “Safety” showed his true colors, turning on the Anti-Fun Police to cost them the win

Elsewhere there were wins for Eddie Dennis, Charli Evans, Bird & Boar, and ELIJAH. And as for that main event? For weeks now in ATTACK!, Sergeant (Travis) Banks had been teasing dissension in the Anti-Fun Police. Despite initially stopping Webster from winning -- and beating on the backup referee in the process -- Banks finally left the force after he was slapped by Chief Deputy Dunne.

That set up for Webster to get the win -- and save his ATTACK! career while also rescuing the company’s title from the Anti-Fun Police!

The show will be up on ATTACK!’s Vimeo service shortly, and you can catch Chaos on UK Wrestling On Demand, alongside Ultimate Pro Wrestling, Shropshire Wrestling Alliance, WrestleMidlands, and the archives of Triple-X Wrestling.

4) Five nights of WCPW as World Cup climaxes

After their weekly web-show Loaded returned for its latest reboot earlier this month, What Culture Pro Wrestling started a busy week with their debut in Leeds. The show was based around a storyline teased on the pre-show, where the Prestige offered a spot in the group to Will Ospreay -- giving him until the end of the show to make his choice.

After coming up short to Marty Scurll, the tease continued, before Ospreay decided against it, choosing to go after Joe Hendry’s WCPW title instead.

WCPW fans packed into Leeds' O2 Academy

Several World Cup finalists were in action on the card, with KUSHIDA vs. Travis Banks and Ricochet vs. Rey Mysterio being among the most anticipated of the matches on offer. KUSHIDA snuck out a win against the Kiwi Buzzsaw courtesy of the Hoverboard Lock after taking Banks down off the top rope, and Mysterio rolled back the years (all the way back to Halloween Havoc 1997 in one part) to pick up the win over Ricochet.

Jay Lethal pulled double duty in Leeds as well, winning a triple threat elimination match over Angelico and Drake, before filling in for the tag team title match, replacing an apparently-injured Jay Briscoe as Lethal & Mark Briscoe went down to War Machine in their usual chaotic tag match.

Elsewhere there were wins for the company’s Internet Champion Gabriel Kidd on the pre-show. On the main show, we also had wins for Hiromu Takahashi, Rampage, and Martin Kirby, while BT Gunn beat Primate to win the Hardcore title.

At the time of writing, WCPW was in the middle of their biggest run yet, as they had five successive shows: Tuesday’s iPPV in Leeds was followed up by a World Cup “round of sixteen” show in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, a quarterfinal show (with some Loaded tapings) in Manchester on Thursday, before a Loaded taping on Friday in Sheffield. Saturday will see the Pro Wrestling World Cup finish up in Newcastle.

That Newcastle show will also feature non-tournament action, including Joe Hendry defending the WCPW title against the former Jack Swagger. Stacked ‘17 is currently available on-demand via FITE and WhatCulture Extra, and all of the World Cup shows will be airing live and free on WhatCulture’s YouTube channel.

5) Unprofessional and Fighting Spirit debut

Two new promotions started their journey this past weekend: Unprofessional Wrestling held their debut show -- The Man Who Would Be King -- in Hackney, east London, with a one-night tournament to crown their champion.

Roy Johnson won the title in the eight-man tournament, which also included the likes of El Ligero, Jack Sexsmith, Damon Moser, and “Pastor” William Eaver.

Roy Johnson, UnPro Champion

Zack Gibson and James Drake’s Fighting Spirit Wrestling training school also held their first show this past weekend in Liverpool. It was headlined by a one-night tournament as well, with the Pride Cup on the line in a four-man tournament, which was eventually won by Gibson, beating Drake in the finals.

Rounding up last weekend, Infinite Promotions held a pair of shows in Liverpool featuring a mixture of veterans and up-and-coming talent. On their evening show, Infinite Champion Danny Hope retained his title over Cyanide, while Frankie Sloane and WWE UK tournament alternate Ringo Ryan defended their tag team titles over Sam Bailey & Dean MacManus.

Ironfist Wrestling in Hereford crowned a new Women’s Champion as Melanie Price beat Millie McKenzie on Saturday, though Mark Haskins’ advertised defense of the Ironfist Heavyweight title didn’t happen, as he was working for ROH.

Instead, former wXw Shotgun Champion Emil Sitoci won a four-way main event over Joey Scott, Xander Cooper, and Killian Jacobs.